If Northeast Ohio leads the world in smart manufacturing, our talent shortage will become a talent influx. We can adopt Industry 4.0 faster than our competition — giving us huge productivity, quality, and lead time advantages. Northeast Ohio will be the first choice for manufacturing startups and have one of the highest rates of R&D in the country. We’ll become a hotbed for investment.
Those are only a few of the targets laid out in the Blueprint and powered by partnership — companies and communities.
4 ways to help Northeast Ohio lead the way and lead the world in smart manufacturing.
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Use the Blueprint as a forcing function to link initiatives, connect the dots on funding, reduce duplication and waste, coordinate messaging, and push collective progress in the same direction.
Connect through the Smart Manufacturing Cluster, MAGNET, or other resources.
Set individual and company goals to align with and enhance Blueprint targets.
Report results through the annual Ohio Manufacturing Survey and other data collection opportunities.
Northeast Ohio needs massive systemic change in four areas: talent, transformation, innovation, and leadership.
As we know all too well, the manufacturing industry has a serious image problem. Perception isn’t keeping up with the STEM reality of smart manufacturing jobs. Old myths that the jobs are “dark, dirty, and dangerous” persist. Plagued by memories of mass layoffs others see manufacturing as unstable. Neither of these are true. But these misconceptions mean not enough students are choosing manufacturing.
Technology is to smart manufacturing what coal was to the original steel mills. It fuels modern production, and we can’t win without it. Hidden behind factory walls the fourth wave of the industrial revolution is completely changing the way we make things and what we make. Industry 4.0 is all things digital, automated, and connected: cobots, robots, the Internet of Things (IoT), automation, artificial intelligence, big data, and more.
The future is not incremental. It’s innovation. It’s invention. It’s using technology to make new ideas come to life. It’s relentlessly looking at your products, services, and ways of working and seeking to make them better. That’s where the opportunities lie. Manufacturing growth will only come through innovation. Without it, the industry will inevitably shrink.
We need bold leadership at every level to lead the world in smart manufacturing. Like the leadership of LeBron James when he and the Cavaliers ended a 52-year sporting drought by winning the NBA Championship. James motivated his team to one of the most incredible comebacks in sport history to win it all, down to the wire, in game 7.
The Make It Better movement was ignited by MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, as part of our work to grow the manufacturing industry in Northeast Ohio and bring prosperity to our region. We’re a non-profit on a mission to help companies transform to make the future better. Follow MAGNET on Twitter and LinkedIn.